10 minutes (plus cook time of Ancient Grain of your choice)
For the jar, I use one 16 oz ball jar (or similarly-sized jar). You can buy ball jars on Amazon or at Target and local grocery stores.
Salad in a Jar
½ cup cooked Ancient Grain (Farro, Quinoa, Freekeh or Amaranth are my faves)
½ cup garbanzo beans
¼ cup chopped raw red and yellow cherry tomatoes*
¼ cup chopped raw cucumber*
¼ chopped raw carrots*
¼ cup chopped raw broccoli*
1-2 tbsp Chia Leah Easy Amaranth Aminos Salad Dressing (see below) OR 1-2 tbsp Chia Leah Go-To Dressing (see below)
*Swap in chopped romaine, parsley, radishes and/or bell peppers - think color when mixing up the recipe!
Mix ingredients in jar and enjoy!
Easy Amaranth Aminos Dressing
2 tbsp uncooked amaranth
½ cup non-GMO canola or grape seed oil
3 fresh garlic cloves minced or chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce OR Bragg Liquid Aminos
Simply toast 2 tbsp amaranth on the stove top on medium/high heat. (Little guys will pop up and turn white. Many may stay golden brown. Pull off heat before they burn.)
Add in canola or grape seed oil
Add in garlic cloves
Add in soy sauce or Bragg Liquid Aminos
Stir with fork or whisk and let sit for at least 2 hours or overnight to allow garlic to soak in
Serve 1 tbsp over salad.
Makes about 2/3 cup (store in airtight container in the fridge for up to a week)
Whisk together ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
sub Dijon mustard for lemon
add 1-2 tsp turmeric
add 1 clove minced fresh garlic
add 1 tsp good quality honey
sub apple cider vinegar for white balsamic vinegar
Whether you have a busy week coming up or a group of friends coming for a low-key summer dinner, this is a gorgeous, nutrient-packed, satiating choice that can keep for several days when packed into a ball jar or another airtight container. Swap out any veggies for alternate veggies. Experiment and have fun with it. For best results, opt for the freshest, best-quality ingredients. And, when you eat a rainbow, all of that vibrant color feeds your body, mind and soul what it craves - REAL food!
For those concerned about gluten, both amaranth and Bragg Liquid Aminos are gluten free. Amaranth is high in protein, magnesium and vitamin B. In other words, it’s a wonderful grain (or seed, actually) that provides energy and a good source of vitamins and minerals. Bragg Liquid Aminos is an excellent alternative to soy sauce and contains 16 of the essential amino acids the body needs. Raw garlic is an amazing ingredient that contains antioxidants that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This dressing tastes absolutely delicious AND has countless health benefits - just more proof that healthy food can taste fantastic!